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Old 08-06-2008, 10:27 PM   #15
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Hi, I just wanted to let u know I found a place to live over the GWB. Right outside of NYC. This place takes RVs and is clean and quiet. Couple of other people doing the Manhattan work thing too. It is Costa Trailer Court on Lodi, NJ. Very affordable too! Check of out. Currently, I am living in a friends RV (they don't use it amymore) until the perfect Airstream comes into my life! Living for the classic 34 s/o. That is the dream!!!!!
That's cool they allow RV's. I'm West, near Boonton, but Lodi does not look to be very far. Maybe I will take an exploratory drive over there. Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:29 PM   #16
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you might want to google that site.
@richinny - which site?
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:38 PM   #17
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which site?
the one suggested in post #13.

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Old 08-06-2008, 11:40 PM   #18
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@richinny - which site?
I think richinny means "Costa Trailer Court"...I googled it and it looks like there has been some discussion of closing that and another nearby trailer park down to build condos...but not sure that's a current situation... It's probably worth looking into to see what the current situation is.
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:49 AM   #19
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On a divergent track,
If your close to the water, you might look at putting your funds to an older boat. Its far easier to find marinas that cater to "livaboards" than parks that cater to full-timers.
Ive lived in both trailer parks and marinas, and overall, the experience is the same, but the drinks tend to be fruitier in the marinas.
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@TBRich: Thanks for the heads up. I found some articles on the web, where the city of Lodi was trying to use eminent domain to close down the trailer park, and give it to a condo developer. It looks like they failed in 2007, but I will find out what the current status is

@volvophile: A pal of mind is getting a boat to live on, once he can convince his wife to go along with the plan. I will probably stay on land, though. I think I'm a land lubber.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:46 PM   #21
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you might want to google that site.
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SOME CALL IT BLIGHT, THEY CALL IT HOME

It's trailer park residents vs. Lodi in test case
Thursday, June 23, 2005 By ANA M. ALAYA
STAR-LEDGER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Beatrice Lambert, a 63-year-old legal secretary, worries about losing her cats, Tinkerbell and Abigail, and the garden she dedicated to her late son, if she's forced to sell the mobile home she's lived in for 20 years.
Joe Depamphilis, a 39-year-old handyman with a failing kidney and an ailing mother, is concerned he won't find affordable storage space for the tools he has amassed over two decades.
"We're worried about losing a way of life," said Lambert, a resident of Brown's Trailer Court.
"We put down our roots here," Depamphilis said.
What Lambert and Depamphilis see as home, Lodi officials see differently. They see 20 acres of blight on prime real estate bordering Route 46.
If a judge upholds Lodi's plans to replace two trailer parks, Brown's and the nearby Costa Trailer Court, with upscale senior housing and shops, nearly 500 residents will need to relocate.
"The trailer park is a poster child for redevelopment," Mayor Gary Paparozzi said. "The land is underutilized . . . Aside from being a low ratable, it is an eyesore."
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yes. in light or recent "eminent domain" rulings, it pays to see what's going on.

on a side note, i wonder how long the tools will last now that the paper put a detailed notice out to all thieves. :-(
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:48 AM   #23
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In Pennsylvania....................

where the zoning codes are leniant, I believe that mobile homes have to be over 50" long to legally live in them full time.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:13 PM   #24
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@mandolindave: I wonder if you can have a mobile home, that passes inspection, and an Airstream parked next to it...
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:44 PM   #25
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Really, I'm not ragging on you. It's just not easy to homestead in an RV in an urban area. Once you buy the trailer, get everything working and then pay rent in a campground you are probably going to discover it is not the bargain you were hoping for. We have been in campgrounds that had full time residents. Some times it seems okay but generally they are your lower rent (in many ways) facilities.

Very few full time RV-ers plop down in one place. Some move seasonally, some move with the prevailing wind. But most do move on a regular basis...

I really hope you pull it off

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We are empty-nesters who have sold our home and live in an apartment. Our plan was to buy a condo in Florida as a retirement home and rotate between the two until we retire. After several friends purchased RV’s we decided to look into an RV that would replace the apartment/condo idea and simply divide our year between a set location in both states. At the same time we could travel anywhere else on vacation and then once retired use the Florida location as our domicile. This would also work well with my vocation working remotely as a I.T. manager/consultant. The big question is can this be done? One of our friends live in there RV but they never stay in one place more than a few weeks. I would need to be able to stay as long or short as I wanted between two locations. Thanks.
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I'm currently looking at 1995 AirStream Land yachts that seem to be about $25k used. If I replace my Jeep with a truck, I could get a Travel trailer.

I work in Parsippany NJ, so I am looking for a camp-ground/RV park/something close to there. I'm still new to all this.
Travel trailer in your post, so you know you are trying to change it to house. It is not a house, weather, zoning and livable space will confirm it isn't a house. Utilities, electric are plug in, water is a hose, and sewer is by way of a dump station. Temperature, Canadians have more cold but NJ isn't that far behind and trying to do it in a travel trailer is almost impossible without a lot of planning. Zoning in any city or county will shut you down with the first complaint from a neighbor that is paying high taxes to be there while perceiving you as an interloper. Campgrounds are for Campers, not low income housing.
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We are empty-nesters who have sold our home and live in an apartment. Our plan was to buy a condo in Florida as a retirement home and rotate between the two until we retire. After several friends purchased RV’s we decided to look into an RV that would replace the apartment/condo idea and simply divide our year between a set location in both states. At the same time we could travel anywhere else on vacation and then once retired use the Florida location as our domicile. This would also work well with my vocation working remotely as a I.T. manager/consultant. The big question is can this be done? One of our friends live in there RV but they never stay in one place more than a few weeks. I would need to be able to stay as long or short as I wanted between two locations. Thanks.
Eepjr welcome to the forums.

I believe the poster above was replying to an earlier post not realizing that it was from years past.

In any case, yes, there are people who choose to live in an RV most or all of the year, for various reasons. In your situation as a couple living without children you may find it works out well.

There are places that cater to seasonal and long-term units. In fact a campground I occasionally visit has mostly seasonal spots. There are also campgrounds, particularly those run by federal state and local governments, that do enforce a maximum length of stay (usually around two weeks) because they perceive their mission to be to serve recreational campers.

If you are unaccustomed to the RV lifestyle I would strongly suggest that you begin with some shorter trips as it is not for everyone. You have to be comfortable driving it and there is a certain degree of handyman skill necessary to encamp, decamp, and deal with minor problems.

Most full-time RVers select a larger rig. Airstreams are not made in extremely large sizes and due to the rounded corners lack the storage space of other brands but you could consider 30' or 34' ones.

Check rv.net/forum/ and rvforum.net which both have full-timing communities that are larger than the one here.
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We have found that about 90 days is Long enough in any one Place.

I get the Itch to start her up and head on to the next site, adventure.

It seems to make the 345 seem Large enough if we can see new sites and meet new friends.
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